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wpMail.me wpMail.me issue#156 - The weekly WordPress newsletter.
No spam, no nonsense. - May 29, 2014

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News & Articles

  • WordPress Celebrates Its 11th Birthday (wptavern.com)
    27th of May marks 11 years since the very first official public release of WordPress. Reading through that changelog will make you smile and realize how far the software has come since the early days when its main competitors were Textpattern and Movable Type.
  • The 50 Finest WordPress Creations in the World (managewp.com)
    ManageWP celebrates 11 years of WordPress by bringing us to the list below, of the 50 finest WordPress creations in the world.
  • WordPress at the Risk of First Impressions (tommcfarlin.com)
    The more time anyone spends with WordPress and all associated products, the more likely they are to also pick up on all of the commentary – both good, bad, and neutral – that surrounds the core application. But if you’re a developer who is just getting into WordPress then we think that a significant portion of your first impression has to do with your experience on the first product that you use.
  • How to Reduce the Bounce Rate of your WordPress Site (wplift.com)
    In this post we will take a look at some tried and tested ways to help increase the number pages each visitor to your website views during their visit. We will also cover how you can reduce the number of visitors who leave your website almost instantly, without interacting with it in any way.

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  • Are WordPress Themes a Commodity? (chriswallace.net)
    There are a growing number of WordPress minds drawing the conclusion that the WordPress theme market has reached commodification. Chris explains why this has happened and how WordPress themers can create a sustainable business with WordPress themes.
  • WordPress Users: Avoid the Theme Lock-In Effect (churchthemes.com)
    WordPress lets you switch themes with a few clicks so things should work smoothly. But that’s only the case if your theme was developed following WordPress standards in order to avoid the lock-in effect. We feel this explanation is necessary because there are still many themes built without consideration for your ability to switch in the future.
  • Approaches to Designing Your Website or Blog (www.cre8d-design.com)
    There are thousands of free generic themes, paid generic themes, theme frameworks and designers who will customize a generic theme or design a tailor-made theme. It can be hard to know where to start looking as there is no one central repository for themes. This article gives you great insights on possible starting points.
  • The State of the WordPress Theme Industry (medium.com)
    David points out the problems with the WordPress themes indutry , and what is there to do next - all these insights based on his own story.


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